Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Physical Sciences Librarian

York University Libraries seek a self-directed, innovative, collaborative and public service-oriented librarian to serve as the Physical Sciences Librarian who will provide excellent reference, liaison and collection services in the Steacie Science and Engineering Library. Steacie Science and Engineering Library is one of four libraries within the York University Libraries system. The Steacie Science and Engineering Library attracts a half million visitors a year and provides specialized resources, and reference and information literacy sessions to the science, engineering, and health programs of York University. The Library takes pride in its extensive information literacy program and online learning support initiatives. Four full-time librarians and 6.5 full-time support staff are currently based in the Steacie Science & Engineering Library. This librarian will support teaching, learning and research in science and technology serving as the liaison to assigned departments in science and technology, particularly for the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The Physical Sciences Librarian will liaise proactively and build relationships with students, researchers and instructors in the undergraduate and graduate science and technology programs as well as establish partnerships within the University and beyond. The Librarian will employ technology in innovative ways to deliver tools and services that support teaching, learning and research at the University; provide library instruction; develop and maintain subject research guides; work with colleagues to provide, promote, manage and evaluate library services, resources and collections; develop an understanding of the research culture, data needs and publication trends of science and technology researchers; and collaborate with colleagues to support the data management, curation and visualization needs of these research communities. This position requires a strong background knowledge in the physical sciences as the successful candidate will deliver research assistance and library instruction on advanced library research tools in science and technology, particularly for chemistry, physics and astronomy. The Librarian will also participate in project and committee work for York University Libraries and the University. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada's most multicultural city. York is at the centre of innovation, with a thriving community of 62,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as over 250,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 Faculties and 28 research centres are committed to providing an engaged learning and research environment that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.


  • An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
  • Educational background in the sciences that includes physical sciences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of information literacy and research competencies in science and technology.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research culture of science and technology, including scholarly communication, publishing trends and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers in the physical sciences.
  • Demonstrated expertise with relevant information sources in science and technology, particularly for chemistry, physics and astronomy, including chemical structure searching.
  • Demonstrated ability to support students and researchers with research applications such as citation management and scholarly networking tools.
  • Demonstrated interest in research data management and curation, as well as management and knowledge of open sources of discipline-specific research data.
  • Evidence of interest in research, publication and professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide reference services.
  • Strong public service philosophy and evidence of professional initiative and leadership.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including skills in teaching, training, and public communications.
  • Ability to work collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and clients.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and manage priorities.
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the delivery of information services.

This is a continuing appointment with the designation of Assistant Librarian and is appropriate for a librarian with up to five years of post-MLS experience. Librarians and archivists at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The position is available from April 1, 2014. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

York University's resources include centres relating to gender equity, race and ethnic relations, sexual harassment, human rights, and wellness. York University encourages attitudes of respect and non-discrimination toward persons of all ethnic and religious groups regardless of gender, sexual orientation or ability.

Deadline for the submission of applications is January 9, 2014. Applications should include a covering letter that relates qualifications to the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three referees. Applications should be sent to:

Chair, Physical Sciences Librarian Appointment Committee

York University Libraries

516 Scott Library

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Fax: 416-736-5451

Email: yulapps@yorku.ca

Applications should be sent by mail, or by e-mail or fax with a hardcopy following.

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